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Post by cycladelic on July 19th 2018, 9:24 am

Here are two pieces.

The blue vase (undated) is about 25cm tall, while the other is just 6cm and is dated 1907.

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Post by dantheman on July 19th 2018, 11:16 am

may we see the bases please?

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Post by cycladelic on July 20th 2018, 2:16 am

What do you reckon, Dan: 1907 or 1904?



Do you have any idea of the date of this mark?

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Post by cycladelic on July 21st 2018, 2:58 pm

Bad news... the shelf that these two were on just fell off the wall and are now history -- along with a bunch of other valuable pottery.
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Post by NaomiM on July 21st 2018, 3:45 pm

Waaah Waaah Waaah

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Post by dantheman on July 21st 2018, 4:01 pm

check all your other shelves
I'm not sure I want to know but what was the other pottery on that shelf?

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Post by Mordeep on July 23rd 2018, 8:30 pm

oh no

I think I used own a very similar blue vase. I love that style of martin Bros, the ones that look like seeds or the roots of trees.
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Post by truk10 on July 24th 2018, 4:28 pm

cycladelic wrote:Bad news... the shelf that these two were on just fell off the wall and are now history -- along with a bunch of other valuable pottery.

Ouch !!!

I've broken a number of items through the years - admittedly not a shelf-full at a time - and feel your pain. My best effort was allowing an upright Dyson vacumn cleaner to topple over onto a coffee table which took out three Keith Murray vases.

The thing that always upsets me most is not the financial loss, but the though that the pieces won't be around for other people to enjoy in future.
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Post by dantheman on July 24th 2018, 6:29 pm

I agree. rarity is the main factor not value.
I once agreed to let someone post me a wonderful Guy Sydenham mermaid, he bent my arm by saying it was a matter of honour for him and he needed to show how bomb proof his packing was.
A broken arm was the result.....

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Post by cycladelic on July 27th 2018, 10:31 am

dantheman wrote:check all your other shelves
I'm not sure I want to know but what was the other pottery on that shelf?

There were a couple of Katherine Pleydell-Bouverie vases, an Upchurch piece I liked, plus four Doulton Lambeth items and two Art Nouveau Doulton vases. The Doulton I could possible find again, but studio pieces like the Martin Brothers vases are not replaceable.

I reckon the prob' is the screws that I can get here... they are parallel thread. I have tried to get tapered wood screws, which get a firmer grip as they go further into the wall, but no hardware/building supplies shops here have them. Weird. I will have to have a box of screws posted over. There were four holding the shelf up and they just pulled out of the wall.
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Post by NaomiM on July 27th 2018, 11:35 am

I once put up a whole wall full of shelving for my dad, drilling into Victorian lath and plaster walls. He put all his books on them and the whole thing fell off a few days later.

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Post by 22 Crawford St. on July 27th 2018, 4:28 pm

At least there is no one to blame but yourself and eventually you can forgive ...imagine if the mother in law knocked them over or the cat or your best friend.
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Post by dantheman on July 27th 2018, 4:39 pm

some people can forgive themselves, I broke a cheap one off pot whilst cleaning 7 years ago and I still haven't

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Post by philpot on July 31st 2018, 7:08 am

As a matter of interest, has anyone gone to the expense of getting their pots restored professionally?
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